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Wiltshire Police call handler who is registered blind completing 250-mile charity cycle

Anthony Bristowe and Simon Taylor (right) aim to complete the ride in six days. Photo: Wiltshire Police

A Wiltshire Police call handler who is registered blind is cycling 250 miles in tandem from Land’s End to Bradford-on-Avon.

Anthony Bristowe who is from the Wiltshire town says his guide dog Nimmo is now reaching retirement.

Anthony wants to show his appreciation for the support he has received over the years from the Guide Dogs charity.

Finding Nimmo has made all the difference to my life. As my sight has diminished he has enabled me to get out and about independently and with confidence.

It costs Guide Dogs £42,300 to breed and train every single dog. That’s a huge amount of money and I wanted to give something back.

– Anthony Bristowe

Anthony is completing the ride with cycling partner Simon Taylor.

Their marathon started at Land's End yesterday and a route is mapped out along quiet country lanes in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire.

The pair arrive in Bradford-on-Avon on Saturday.

The journey began yesterday at Land's End. Credit: JustGiving

The tandem team will be joined by friends and some of Anthony’s police staff colleagues – including Chief Constable Mike Veale – to cycle the last 40 mile leg of the journey.

Anthony and Simon have set up a Just Giving page for anyone wishing to give a donation to help reach the £5,000 target they hope to raise for Guide Dogs.